The Venetian art of Burano and Murano

The Venetian art of Burano and Murano
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Venice is renowned across the globe for the lace of Burano and the glass of Murano.

Murano’s reputation as a centre for glassmaking was born when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and the destruction of the city’s mostly wooden buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291.

The lace and glass combine to create distinctive jewellery.

Doretta Davanzo Poli from the Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy, explains the artistry involved: “If we refer to the Baroque Lace in Venice Point cut into leaves in Gros-point, or to the miniaturised Rose Point of the early 18th century, yes, they are unique because of lack of threads that is born of an instinctive talent and from prolonged and continuous daily practise”

Today, the artisans of Murano and Burano continue the tradition that has lasted hundreds of years.

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